PETERSEN AUTO MUSEUM
February · 18 · 2002
Early in 2002, CLAFMA’s directors agreed to loan the famous Squad 51 vehicle to the Petersen Auto Museum, to be included in the ‘Cars of Hollywood’ exhibit. Vice President Joe Woyjeck proposed and organized an induction ceremony that would include a reunion of the first 40 paramedics trained in Los Angeles County. The event occurred on the evening of February 18th and hundreds of CLAFMA members attended, as well as several people who were involved in creation and production of the ‘Emergency!” TV series. A detailed description of the event appears in the Spring 2002 edition of CLAFMA’s ‘Fire Warden’ publication.
Among the pioneer paramedics attending the induction of Squad 51 into the Petersen Auto Museum were (left to right) Roger Crow, Chuck Bender, Bill Ridgeway, Mike Stearns, Carol Bebout,RN, Lee Gustafson, Gary Davis, Roy Burleson, Rocky Doke, and Dale Cauble.
Squad 51, restored to better-than-new condition by the Museum, was on loan to the Petersen Auto Museum for inclusion in the "Cars of Hollywood" exhibit.
Retired LA County paramedic Chuck Bender visits with actor Randolph Mantooth in front of Squad 51.
Actor Randolph Mantooth compares hairlines with CLAFMA president Jim Page. In 1971, then-Battalion Chief Page required Mantooth to cut his hair before appearing in the TV series as an LA County firefighter-paramedic.
All Photos by Kenjii Luster